A Lawrence woman who has helped for 18 years in a local child development organization and a local woman who has worked with Girl Scouts for nearly six decades were honored Thursday at a reception for volunteers.
Alita Cooper, a Kansas University assistant professor of human development and family life, received the eighth annual United Way of Douglas County Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Award for her work with the Douglas County Child Development Assn.
Dora Bice, who has been involved in local Girl Scouting since 1933, was selected from more than 115 nominees to receive the annual Award of Excellence.
The Award of Excellence is open to all volunteers in Douglas County.
The Galluzzi Award was created eight years ago in memory of Wallace Galluzzi, who was president of Haskell Indian Junior College from 1969 to 1981 and United Fund Drive chairman in 1983. The award specifically recognizes volunteers for United Way of Douglas County or member agencies.
BOTH AWARDS were given at the second annual "Celebration of Volunteerism" reception, which was held at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt. About 130 people attended the event.
In announcing that Cooper won the Galluzzi Award, Kurt von Achen, a member of the award selection committee, said Cooper was instrumental in helping form the Douglas County Child Development Assn.
Cooper has held the organization's offices of president, president-elect, nominations chair, nutrition chair and annual conference chair. The people who nominated her for the award commended Cooper for her organizational abilities.
She is an associate director of KU's Edna A. Hill Child Development Center. She has taught or been in the laboratory at KU since 1950. She also was the 1991 recipient of the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children's "Young Children's Early Childhood Professional Award."
VON ACHEN said Cooper has been described "as an educator, a facilitator, a doer, a child educator and a parent educator.''
``Alita is energetic, dedicated, has a great sense of humor, is knowledgeable, caring, trustworthy, friendly, delightful to know and never loses the love for her chosen field,'' he said.
Hank Booth, general manager of KLWN-AM, announced the Award of Excellence went to Dora Bice, which was presented by Lawrence Mayor Bob Schulte.
Booth said Bice has been involved with the local Girls Scouts for 58 years, first volunteering as secretary for the Lawrence Girl Scouts Council.
Booth said the people who nominated Bice called her "A guiding light, a facilitator and a consistent supporter of the Girl Scout movement. She has been the heart and soul of the Girl Scouts in Lawrence and neighboring areas."
Booth said it has been estimated that Bice's activities have touched the lives of 60,000 girls over the years through the Girl Scouts.
Other top nominees for the Award of Excellence were Sue Durkin, Donna Laushman, Carol Nalbandian and Sue Pine.
Other nominees for the Galluzzi Award were Beverly Cates, Donna Flory, Rachel Marion, Carol Nalbandian and Lillian Sudlow.